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Next North Liberty City Council member to be appointed

Jennifer Goings is photographed in the North Liberty City Council chambers on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Goings, a pharmacist with experience working with the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the city council in the elections that took place in November 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Jennifer Goings is photographed in the North Liberty City Council chambers on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Goings, a pharmacist with experience working with the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the city council in the elections that took place in November 2017. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

NORTH LIBERTY — The next North Liberty City Council member will come via appointment.

North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar said the council agreed during its Tuesday meeting to replace Jennifer Goings by appointment instead of holding a special election. Goings announced in April that she would be leaving the council this month to move to another community with her fiance and his children.

Applications for the open seat will be accepted until May 22. Heiar said the four remaining council members will review those applications and make an appointment during their May 28 meeting.

“I believe they’ll allow the applicants a couple of minutes to present or interview at that May 28 meeting,” Heiar said.

The new appointment will become effective immediately. While Goings seat was not up for re-election until 2021, whoever is appointed later this month will be up for election this November.

Furthermore, any appointment is not set in stone. Residents could seek a special election if they file a petition within two weeks of the decision to appoint or within two weeks of the actual appointment seeking a special election. Based on voter turnout from the 2017 regular election, that petition would need 74 signatures to be valid. In the event of a special election, the appointee would remain on the council until the election could take place, likely in June or July.

North Liberty held a special election on March 12 to fill the vacancy left by former council member Jim Sayre, who moved to Arizona. RaQuishia Harrington won the election, which cost about $3,000.

City council members in North Liberty earn $50 per meeting.

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